Innovative Ways to Expand your Skillset & Improve your Job Potential

In this competitive work environment that you live in, moving your career forward is entirely up to you. You need to be proactive and keep on refining your skillset to inculcate unique innovation strategy frameworks if you want to advance and thrive.

But how can one stay up-to-date and come up with business innovation strategies to always remain competitive? The best way to do that would be to embrace the concept of upskilling. This basically means you have to build on the existing skillsets of yours and practice self-directed learning. It will help you learn the most in-demand skills and give you a better arsenal of services you can provide. Here are some of the ways you can use upskilling to your advantage and come up with

  • Take advantage of online learning

If you have the ambition and persistence to learn new and innovative skills, you can easily find the needed resources online. You can look for decent learning platforms online as there are thousands of course on every imaginable skill available. If you have a boss who is expert at strategic innovation management, you can talk to them about the upcoming trends and the scope of different innovative courses. 

  • Certify your way as you climb up the corporate ladder

It isn’t necessary that you must have a degree for climbing up the corporate ladder but you do need to have certifications. For technology networks such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), getting certified will be a great way of proving your skills and that you are a serious candidate for the bigger positions.

  • Learn the trending in-demand skills

Skills often come and go in the workplace because with changes in technology, the needed skills will also change. These days, skills come and go in a few years or even months. This might seem overwhelming but learning the in-demand skills can make a huge difference to your career. No matter which business models your company follow but there are always opportunities that arise for those who are up-to-date with the trending skills.

  • Align with peers who are headed to the top

The coworkers in the office, executives of the company, or the network of people you deal with can all be seen as resources to help you learn and grow your job potential. Try to cultivate a network of highly motivated and skilled people that are interested in building their skills and coming up with a unique business strategy and innovation for every problem.

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The definition of the SWOT Analysis

SWOT analysis definition can be elaborated as a system for distinguishing and breaking down the inward and outer elements that can affect the reasonability of a task, item, place or individual. Both business entities and nonprofit organizations use SWOT analysis. Even individuals can assess products, projects and initiatives using this type of analysis. The inception of this type of analysis can be attributed to Albert Humphrey, who first brought it out in the 1960s and again in the 1970s. According to Fortune 500, many different types of organizations have employed the use of SWOT analysis to help them make educated business decisions.

The reason and place where SWOT analysis is used

As has been explained in the SWOT analysis definition, it helps business organizations make educated business decisions. It is usually used at the beginning or as a part of building a viable strategy for businesses. It is regarded as such a vital tool in business decision making owing to the capability of this analysis to reveal to you success opportunities that were previously unrecognized and of also being able to reveal potential threats before they become too much of a burden for the company. It can help companies identify particular sectors of the market where they enjoy a competitive edge or to help individuals weave a suitable career path by highlighting the course of actions or jobs that would enhance and take advantage of their strengths and talents, while also making them cautious of activities which might hinder progress.

The different components of a SWOT analysis

The name SWOT stands for four individual segments that are intrinsic part of this analysis. These four elements that are part of the SWOT analysis include:

  • Strengths- Resources or attributes that are available to an organization or individual, which would aid in their success.
  • Weaknesses- Resources or attributes that are available to an organization or individual, which might work against their success.
  • Opportunities- Factors that are available externally, but can be capitalized by the organization or individual in order to aid in their success and growth.
  • Threats- Factors that are available externally, but should be remedied by the organization or individual, since they have a huge potential of jeopardizing their success and growth.

Each of these elements is represented in the form of a quadrant, within something known as the SWOT matrix. The SWOT matrix allows companies and individuals to identify and organize each of the resources and attributes that fall under any of the concerned elements. The first quadrant represents threats, the second weaknesses, the third opportunities and threats are written down on the last one.

Product Edge

#Strategy Friday #3 Edge Strategies

Welcome to my blog, where I discuss everything from Innovations and Strategy.

Today topic is about competitive strategy and corporate strategy.
More precisely on how resources and competencies align with customer requirement and corporate strategy.
This topic is still in review, but I decided to publish part of the reading which I am doing.
Companies to succeed need to align their offering with what costumers and consumer requirements.
By aligning their product edges, as defined in their book Alan Lewis and Dan McKone, corporations can gain more profit from their buyers.
By asking questions such as, what else is possible to do, and what current capabilities align with what the buyer search, companies can improve their marketing strategies.
This is seen in the first edge, product edge.

(taken from edgestrategybook.com)

Product Edge

In the book, it is given the example of Best Buys and Geek Squad, but in Europe, Best Buys (or better explained, as the customer support for installing a TV at home by the customer premises) is not present, so I’m going to provide the example of Apple and their Genius Bar.
Whenever buying an Apple Product, at an Apple Store, Apple provides some small technical knowhow introduction via their Genius Bar, a service which is complimentary but not obliged to offer so that can facilitate the implementation of their product in businesses. So from that they earn the happiness of new costumers which appreciate the sale of this complementary service.

#Journey Edge
#Enterprise Edge

Last but not least, is the Enterprise Edge, which in the book is defined as finding new revenue through existing capabilities. The example provided in the book is Toyota and the sale of its GPS Data to municipalities for traffic coordination.

Open Innovation VS Closed Innovation

Welcome to my blog, in this blog i discuss about innovation, management and business strategy.

Today topic is a discussion between a concept in innovation that is defined as type of innovation strategy.

Nowadays, innovation discussion is clearly a critical dimension in any dynamic approach to business, as it allows businesses to achieve and defend competitive advantage.

Closed innovation, is the more classical approach to innovation, and in such, it develop patents, (intellectual property, licenses and grants) through formal means, and closed corporations.

Open Innovations is more related to the development of technology through adiacent and common techniques, such as outsourcing, competition establishing, and game theory.

Open Innovation, as defined by Dr. Henry Chesbrough in his book, is: “the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively. Open Innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as they look to advance their technology. (Chesbrough, Open Innovation, p.2).”

Here is a graph of the two distinct type of innovations as explained in his book.

Graph explaining the different type of innovation strategy.

In the past i had the privilege of working for a short time period in both type of organisations, closed ones and open ones. I wont say which organisation for reason of privacy. But they were large organisations.

In both organisations the important aspect was the development of work in which was happening. I noticed immediately that in the open innovative business communication was more open and the setting of collaboration was more direct, whereas, the type of collaboration in closed innovation was more secretive, as patents and new research and development techniques were happening.

Personally i preferred the open innovative business, which allowed to learn new skills such as Wiki development and learning Marketing first hand and people skills. Working in open innovative companies is like working for a new startup, in which capital is limited, but passion is everywhere, and there is will to improve even when there are limited resources, whereas working in closed innovative companies is challenging as resources are present, but competition drives the work.

Today topic is more of a self reflection and less of a guide, compared to previous topics.

However, I will post a second article about Edge Strategy soon, as I am reading a book about it, and will be related to Corporate Strategy.

Strategy Friday

Hello and welcome back to Strategy Friday, the place where i discuss strategies theories for organisations.

Today topic is about the theory developed by professor Micheal Porter from Harvard Business School.

This theory is used widely by organisations as a contrast to the Blue Ocean Strategy.

I will discuss the Blue Ocean Strategy in my future post, but just keep in mind, that Blue Ocean Strategy is more about how to compete than what to compete.

Micheal Porter in his theory goes and analyses the functions of businesses from the Macro level, seeing the forces which influence the marketplace, and went to expand his theory also to Countries.

The main forces influencing business are: Supplier Relations, Buyer Power, Possible Product Substitutes and the Threat of new entry from other businesses, all influencing the competitive marketplace.

A useful picture is provided by Mindtools in their website, in which define the strategic tool and what to analyse.

Classical example of this analysis is used in the airline industry, however, is applicable also to other industries such as the mobile phone industry, where the supplier relations is the whole manufacturing supplier relations, thus for Apple can be the supply of chips from Foxconn, the threat of new entry is high as businesses enter the market developing new products constantly, the buyer power is also very high as, purchase is seen almost as a commodity in which one phone does not vary a lot from others, but to contrast that, Apple has a large brand conscious clientèle and to conclude the competitive landscape, is very competitive, thus having all functioning like a chain in which the gears run very fast.

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Strategic Friday #2

Thank you for your interest in today’s topic, today’s topic is about strategy in business and corporate settings. And we start by the SWOT analysis, which is connected to the previous strategic Friday article, also found on my blog.

Today strategic tool is a standard for analysing any situation, which can be an organisation, but can also be in regard of personal opportunities.

The swot analysis is composed of two main sections, the internal analysis, in which resources and capabilities, as well as other tools such as the Porter 5 forces, will be used to analyse the current situation of a situation or an organisation, and will be introduced in the future. And an external section, in which, the environmental forces, previously explain will be used to determine whether a particular situation is attractive or not.

Is important to remember, that they component of the analysis, are not only the 4 main components: strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. But also the internal four components such as strong opportunities to exploit, the search for weak opportunities, strong threats which have to be confronted, and weak threats which are avoidable.

As a reminder, is possible to see the graph below in regard to this analysis.